Arsene Wenger wants his controversial former captain William Gallas to carry on scoring in the Arsenal cause.
Gallas, who was stripped of the captaincy after several flashpoints during his tenure, scored the late header that secured all three points for Arsenal in Sunday's 1-0 victory against Portsmouth to keep alive the Gunners' title hopes.
Wenger said: "He answers everybody by his performance on the pitch and that's what you do when you are a great player. He started as a striker and looks most likely to score at set-pieces. He has good timing to attack the ball."
The Frenchman also believes his side, struck by long-term injuries to key players such as Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott, have received more unfair flak than any previous Arsenal team he has managed.
He said: "The team is maturing and has shown great mental strength in the past few weeks.
"No team since I have been here has got as bad publicity and I don't think it is fair because they have got great character. I want them to get rewarded for their character."
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